Following the U.N. meeting he convened in Geneva today peace envoy Kofi Annan has stated that an international agreement has been reached regarding his plan to form a transitional government in Syria.
Mr. Annan's proposed solution to the bitter conflict in Syria is the formation of a transitional government in that country. He states such a government should be made up of members of the Assad administration as well as members of the Syrian opposition, who should together begin holding free elections in the country.
Reports on this development from BBC News, ONE News and Reuters indicate that this process leaves the fate of Mr. Assad in doubt. U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton insists that he must go.
Mr. Assad has recently announced that Syria will not accept any solution to the crisis in his country imposed on it from the outside. Russia has backed Assad on this and has on several occasions in the past repudiated and denounced the idea of intervention or regime change. Russia's Foreign Minister expressed delight after today's meeting in Geneva satisfied with the fact that no solution would be imposed on Syria. Russia had previously blocked some of the criteria in Anna's plan which had called for President Assad to step down in order for a unity government to be formed.
The British Foreign Secretary William Hague has stated that the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council have today shown commitment to supporting Annan's plans for peace in Syria.
"We are determined to work together urgently and intensively to bring about an end to the violence and human rights abuses, and the launch of a Syrian-led political process, leading to a transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people, and enables them independently and democratically to determine their own future.
The action group has pledged action, and they are sending a message of determination and hope, but today's words must not become tomorrow's disappointments.
The hard work starts now. We must work together to implement what has been agreed. We cannot do this alone. I hope all in Syria will embrace what has been laid out here and work with us to stop the killing and build a better future."
-- Kofi Annan at today's meeting in Geneva
15,800 people are estimated to have died in the 16-month-long Syrian uprising, roughly 3,000 of those casualties took place this month, which as it comes to a close, has proven to be one of the bloodiest months so far in this very bloody and violent uprising.